“It may be a traditional type of SUV but we put a lot of technology into this model and its major market will be the emerging markets, Russia, China and South America, so we believe there is still a lot of demand there. And it fits in with our model of being an SUV specialist.
As well as a sharp exterior, there’s also a new interior which shows a step up in quality – and has much more equipment, in line with the steps the brand has taken with the Tivoli SUV in recent years. A differentiated angle and layered tread pattern helps to diffuse noise even on uneven surfaces, while the risk of aquaplaning in the wet is reduced by using a high stiff block and deep groove tread. This is actually the second iteration of the LIV theme, with the LIV-1 concept breaking cover a few years back at the 2013 Seoul Motor Show. That includes automated braking and obstacle detection, which will warn the driver when a car or pedestrian is in the car’s path and automatically apply brakes if needed. The ladder frame chassis design of the Y400 might be heavier and less composed on the road than the monocoque chassis favoured by most modern SUV makers but it should deliver in terms of durability and, importantly for SsangYong’s existing Rexton customer base formed in significant part of caravaners and those with horseboxes or boats – towing weight